One way to make your eyes look bigger and more pronounced in a more subtle way is to tightline your eyes. Some people call tightlining “invisible eyeliner”. Actually, tightlining is a technique that makes your lashes look fuller, so you actually have more of a no makeup or less makeup look, while still drawing attention to your eyes.
It’s a good look for daytime, as well as a good anytime look for women over 40 or so.
So to tightline, you need a good, soft, black eyeliner pencil. Two that I like are:
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Zero (I actually got a half size pencil as a free sample when I purchased Anti-aging Eye Primer and the Naked Basics eye shadow palette during a 25% off sale)
- Starlooks Kohl eye pencil in Obsidian that came in my October ipsy bag.
But you can use any black eyeliner pencil that you like.
How do you do it? First, make sure you wash your hands. Next, get a mirror that you can see easily while looking down. Lift your upper eyelid, look in the mirror, and fill in the areas between your lashes, as close as possible to the roots, with the eyeliner pencil. Basically, you’re connecting your lashes with a line or series of dots of black. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because it’s not like traditional eyeliner that can be seen. Finally, take a closer look in the mirror at your handiwork, and then fill in any gaps. If you look at my eyes in the photo below, you don’t see any eyeliner.
Now apply a couple of coats of black mascara. The mascara looks like you did a really good job applying it from the roots, when it’s really the tightlined eyeliner pencil. You’ll be amazed at how defined your eyes look, and it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a lot of makeup!
I love the look of traditional black eyeliner (on the eyelid), especially on young women. But on me, it looks a little harsh (even though I do it from time to time), and it can be aging for gals of a certain age (like me). Instead, tightlining helps my eyes pop without looking so old.
If you want to add more drama to your look, you can always add eyeliner to your eyelid along the lashline, but perhaps in a color other than black — grey, copper, gold, silver, really any shade you like — to keep things looking a little lighter.
Here’s the link to a tightlining tutorial on Makeup.com. Their closeup eye photos look a lot better than mine, lol. In terms of the process, they recommend putting the eyeliner pencil or cream/gel eyeliner on an angled brush to apply it, but I think that only makes it more difficult. I prefer to just go for it with the pencil. Try it both ways and see which you like better.
Also, I read about a product from Too Faced that’s supposed to make the process easier, Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool. It has three little prong-like mini-brushes that allow you to dab it right at the root line. (And I believe you can also use the tool as a traditional eyeliner brush.) I haven’t tried it, but it looks like it could make the job easier. There’s a link to it at Amazon, if you want to take a look. But then again, I don’t think it’s that hard to do it with a soft pencil.
To create my look, I used:
- IT Anti-aging CC Cream
- essence I Love Stage eye foundation
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner Pencil in Zero
- essence I Love Crazy Extreme Volume Mascara
- Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Cream Eye Shadow in Amethyst
- Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Black Cherry
So try it, and let me know how it works out! And if you already tightline and have some tips that would make it easier, please share them in the comments.